Henry Summers

Henry sailed to America in 1849 on the ship James Pennell with his brother (Nicholas) and his brother's wife (Ann Olpin Summers.)  They all appear in the 1850 federal census in Pottawattamie County, Iowa (Henry was a cordwainer.)   They were still in Iowa at the time of the 1852 state census which was taken before July.

Henry's name appears on the records of the Utah Territorial Militia at Salt Lake City on 7 May 1853, so he must have crossed the plains in 1852; but in which pioneer company is unknown.  Seven pioneer companies crossed the plains to the Salt Lake Valley in July or later of 1852.  Henry was re-baptized at Salt Lake City on 27 November 1853 and received a Patriarchal Blessing from John Smith on 19 December.  At the time of the 1856 Utah Territorial census Henry was in Sugarhouse; his surname was spelled "Somers."  He and Nicholas were living in the same household in 1860.  According to the 1869 Salt Lake City Directory, Henry was living in the Salt Lake 3rd Ward.  He is buried in the City Cemetery and his death date is confirmed by the inscription on his gravestone.

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